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Kell Brook’s date with destiny

Kell Brook’s frustrating wait for a world title opportunity will finally come to an end on August 16th in California, when he challenges the IBF welterweight titleholder, Shawn Porter.

Brook saw three scheduled dates with former champion, Devon Alexander, fall by the wayside in the early part of 2013, due to injuries sustained by both men.

When Brook couldn’t take the fight, his stablemate, Lee Purdy, stepped in and took a one sided thrashing. Then Porter landed a shot at Alexander and comprehensively overpowered him to snatch the belt and become champion of the world.

Following the heartbreak of being forced to pull out of his dream fight, the undefeated Sheffield stylist appeared to temporarily fall out of love with the sport that has consumed his entire life.

Rumours circulated regarding Brook’s lifestyle away from the squared circle and he appeared to balloon in weight.

Cynics have questioned the 28-year-old’s attitude and commitment to boxing, and there have been question marks over the level of opposition that he has encountered.

Despite the occasional bad press he has received, the 32-0 (22KO’s) contender, with the exception of a majority decision win over Carson Jones in 2012, has positively breezed through every fight with a minimum of fuss.

The scare he received from Jones came after six rounds of utter dominance and sheer brilliance from Brook, before he abruptly ran out of steam due to poor pre-fight preparations. He made no excuses and didn’t try to sugarcoat his wrongdoings. He admitted that he hadn’t worked hard enough in the gym and simply went back to the drawing board and corrected himself.

Four successive knockout wins over Hector David Saldivia, Carson Jones in a rematch, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Alvaro Robles have given ‘The Special One’ his groove back.

Brook is now in peak physical condition, he is punching hard and accurately, he is moving well and he is ready to dine at the top table.

Porter is a terrific champion. He is strong, fast and fit, and he will break his opponents hearts if they’ll let him. He is a genuinely world class fighter and he is a danger for anybody at 147-pounds.

Nevertheless, the American’s most recent win over Paulie Malignaggi may have somewhat flattered him.

Porter knew from the outset that the veteran Brooklyn fighter didn’t possess the power to hurt him, so he jumped all over him with zero regard for defence. He did a similar thing against Devon Alexander.

If Porter jumps in on Kell Brook with scattered defences, he could be in for a rude awakening.